ORWIGSBURG - Taryn Wilson had it all working: Blazing fastballs on the black, devilish dancing change-ups and airtight defense behind her.
The Tri-Valley senior looked unhittable at times, pitching a five-inning perfect game Thursday night to lead the Dawgs past Marian 10-0 in a District 11 Class A semifinal at Blue Mountain's Patton Field.
Wilson retired all 15 batters she faced, 10 by strikeout. She needed just 57 pitches (44 for strikes) in the gem.
ORWIGSBURG - Hitting the ball early in a game can be tough after two weeks away from competition.
But not for Williams Valley.
Practicing against two high-quality pitchers like Tianna Yanoscak and Caitlyn Pinchorski had the Vikings' bats ready for Minersville.
Kate Whelski, Hannah Nestor and Pinchorski had multi-hit days, and Yanoscak gave up just three hits as Williams Valley hammered the defending state champion Miners 10-2 in the May 21 District 11 Class A semifinal at Patton Field.
ORWIGSBURG - Tri-Valley's Hunter Herb stepped out of the batter's box to collect himself.
The bases were loaded, two strikes, two outs and his team looking to add to a three-run lead.
A big hit would break the game open.
"The first two pitches were borderline pitches
and they weren't my pitch," Herb said. "I stepped out, re-focused and sat fastball. That's what I got. I swung as hard as I could."
ELIZABETHVILLE - Fairfield kept trying to open the door to a lead, but Upper Dauphin's Lexi Weaver kept slamming it shut.
Stranding runners in scoring position in two of the final three innings, Weaver kept the Knights at bay, allowing Upper Dauphin to beat Fairfield 2-1 in a District 3 Class AA Tournament first-round softball game May 19.
"It hasn't been easy for us all year long," Upper Dauphin head coach Chad Everhart said. "Stuff like that, bases loaded, two outs in the top of the seventh, or something like that."
LANCASTER - Scouts flocked to Lancaster Catholic for the May 21 District 3 Class AA quarterfinal to see freshman phenom Dillon Marsh pitch.
They left talking about Upper Dauphin's Kyle Glouner.
The Trojans' junior right-hander pitched a gem, tossing a four-hit shutout and striking out six as Upper Dauphin upset the top-seeded Crusaders 4-0.
The victory advanced the eighth-seeded Trojans (13-9) to the May 26 semifinals, where they were to play No. 5 York Catholic (12-5) at a site and time to be determined. York Catholic edged Delone Catholic 2-1.